FrameWorks 3D: adding fluidity to computer-based notation.
In, Off the Staves. Writing Music Before and After Conventional Notation, Bangor, GB,
26 - 27 Mar 2010.
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A music composition typically comprises a complex arrangement of material, with many internal relationships between events in different locations - repetition, inversion, retrograde and more sophisticated transformations. With compositions created on computer, the information involved can also be highly varied in nature, including audio samples, MIDI events, Standard Western Notation (SWN) or other control data (e.g. Open Sound Control, Csound scores). The creation of such complex artefacts is labour intensive, and current systems typically place a significant cognitive burden on the composer in terms of managing changes and maintaining a work as a coherent whole.
FrameWorks 3D is a novel software tool for composers aimed at providing improved support for composition tasks within a traditional Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) style environment. FrameWorks 3D introduces a simple meta-score notation in three dimensions which builds on the standard DAW paradigm of tracks, regions and tape recording analogy. This notation displays hierarchical and transformational information in a single, fully navigable workspace and allows relationships to be established by the composer but maintained by the system, encouraging exploration and experimentation with musical ideas. Currently an audio-only prototype is in development and is presented here as a possible future direction for computer-based music notation.
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